March 9, 2023 | Mark Paradies

Safety Improvement Track at the 2023 Global TapRooT® Summit

Interested in Improving Safety Performance? Then You Need to Participate in this Track!

The 2023 Global TapRooT® Summit is being held on April 24-28 at the Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe, near Houston, Texas. There are eight best practice tracks. This article explains what you will take away from the Safety Improvement Track.

When you combine the Safety Improvement Track at the Summit with one of the pre-Summit Courses (see the recommendations below), you have a one-two punch to energize and reinvigorate your efforts to improve safety.

What? You don’t have a safety improvement program? Then you definitely need to attend this track and develop a roadmap to improve your company’s safety performance.

What’s in this track that will help you improve safety? Read on…

Safety Improvement Track Sessions

Here are the sessions that make up the Safety Improvement Track:

Please Note: You can customize your Summit experience by choosing sessions from one of the seven other best practice tracks if one or two of the sessions in the Safety Improvement Track aren’t right for you. CLICK HERE for the complete schedule of the Summit Sessions. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.

Ken Reed is the Track Leader

Ken Reed

Ken Reed is a:

  • Vice President at System Improvements,
  • Prior Nuclear Navy Master Chief (ET), with a
  • BS in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University (Summa Cum Laude),
  • Who has taught hundreds of TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Courses around the world to people interested in improving safety, and
  • Who is a knowledge broker when it comes to safety improvement ideas.

He will help you develop a custom plan to improve safety performance at your company when you attend the Safety Performance Improvement Track. You will go back to work with valuable knowledge and best practices to help your company jump to a new outstanding level of safety performance.

Here is why Ken thinks you should attend the Safety Improvement Track…

It sounds like an excellent set of sessions for people interested in improving safety. It will definitely get you off your safety plateau and reach a whole new level of safety excellence.

But Wait, There’s More!

The Safety Improvement Track is an important part of the Summit, but the Summit is so much more.

Pre-Summit Courses

Before the Summit on April 24-25, there are ten pre-Summit Courses to choose from:

What would I recommend as the best choices for someone interested in CAPA & Continuous Improvement? Here are several choices…

  1. TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course. If you haven’t been to a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course, you need to attend this course. If you THINK you know about root cause analysis, you really don’t know root cause analysis until you attend this course.
  2. Audits and Proactive Improvement Using TapRooT®. This is an excellent course for people looking to improve safety and fits like a hand in a glove for those interested in proactive improvement. 
  3. Effective Communication Certification. Anyone involved in safety improvement needs effective communication skills. And Vincent I Phipps (VIP – the instructor) is a great person to learn communication skills from. Many previous Summit participants will recognize Vincent as one of our previous Keynote Speakers who received rave reviews.
  4. Measurement, Trending, and Predictive Analytics: How the Best Use Data to Improve Work. Need to understand how to trend your safety statistics. What is a significant trend, and what isn’t? Kevin McManus will be teaching this course that explains how to use advanced measurement and trending techniques to manage everyday work and trend performance improvement.
  5. 2-Day Risk Assessment and Management Best Practices. Risk assessment and management are an important part of any safety program. And if you want to learn from an international expert, Jim Whiting, an expert from Australia, is the instructor for this workshop. This is a great chance to sit with an international expert and discuss best practices in risk assessment and management from all over the world.

All of the courses above are full of valuable knowledge and techniques that you can put to work in a performance improvement program. Click on any course title for details about that course. 

Keynote Speakers

Next, during the Summit, we have five outstanding, insightful Keynote Speakers…

Summit Keynote Speakers 2023

CLICK HERE for a complete description of their presentations.

Anyone interested in safety improvement will learn from Garrison Wynn’s presentation about effectively communicating about safety with all employees – from your youngest new hires to those getting ready for retirement.

And if security is part of your job outline, then you really do need to hear Frank Abagnale’s talk about cyber security.


Next, the networking at the TapRooT® Summit is amazing. People often say that even though the best practice sessions and the Keynote Speakers are great, networking is the most valuable aspect of the TapRooT® Summit. You can learn so much from your peers.


CLICK HERE for a quick reminder of why networking at the Summit is so important.


Finally, I can’t talk about the important features of the Summit without mentioning how FUN the Summit is. We think that making the Summit fun actually improves the learning experience.

How do we make the Summit so fun? I think it starts with the great people who are TapRooT® Users and TapRooT® Instructors at the Summit.

Fun - TapRooT® ® Users & Instructors

Then there is the Wednesday night reception

Plus, the Margaritaville Lake Resort is a really fun place to hold the Summit.

So bring your swimsuit and be ready to have fun!


You really need to pull out all the stops to attend the Summit and a pre-Summit Course. Your company needs to improve safety, and you will take home a great deal of new knowledge you can put to work. So … Don’t wait. Get approval to attend and REGISTER NOW!

Summit Discounts

CLICK HERE to register one or more people and take advantage of the Summit and pre-Summit Course discounts.

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